I love romance all year ’round, but somehow, summer just demands it. Maybe it’s just the longer hours? The general air of contentment? Either way, let’s take a look at a few upcoming romances that I’ve got my eye on:
Fan Art, by Sarah Tregay
When prom time rolls around, high school senior Jamie suddenly realizes what everyone else in his art class knows: that he wants to bring his best friend, Mason. Problem is, Mason’s already got a date: a girl. While I’m fully prepared for some excruciatingly embarrassing moments—Jamie has some friends who egg him on out of his comfort zone, and that’s a situation generally tailor-made for blushing—I especially like that this one doesn’t treat coming out as an all-or-nothing prospect.
Like No Other, by Una LaMarche
A hurricane and a stuck elevator lead to star-crossed love when a Hasidic girl falls for the son of West Indian immigrants. Kirkus dinged this one for mustache-twirling and some cultural inaccuracies, and Nancy Werlin blurbed it as “heartbreaking,” but I still want to read it.
Say What You Will, by Cammie McGovern
Amy’s cerebral palsy requires her to use a walker and communicate with a voice box, and she’s always had an adult aide at school. But now, during her senior year, she wants to hire peer aides: Including a classmate named Matthew, who turns out to have OCD. Multiple reviews—as well as the description at Amazon—compare to this one to The Fault in Our Stars, because apparently any romance featuring characters with disabilities has to be compared to The Fault in Our Stars. But here’s a major, vital difference: THIS IS NOT A TRAGEDY. So count me in for sure.
Fiendish, by Brenna Yovanoff
If the atmosphere is at all like that in her previous books—and judging by the cover art, that’s not a bad bet—Fiendish promises to be dark and romantic and horror-filled and weirdly beautiful. By which I mean: A NEW YOVANOFF BOOK, GIVE IT TO ME, GIVE IT TO ME NOW! *pants*
Of Metal and Wishes, by Sarah Fine
Phantom of the Opera!...in an Asian slaughterhouse. With bonus automaton spiders.
A Blind Spot for Boys, by Justina Chen
This one—a companion to Return to Me—promises lots of what I’ve come to expect from and love about a Chen book: lots of soul-searching, world travel, growing up, familial bonding, and yes, romance. This time around, our heroine is on a post-relationship disaster Boy Moratorium…when she runs into a boy from home on a family trip to Machu Picchu.
The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson
Okay, including this one on the list is cheating, because A) I’ve already read it, and B) it’s not ENTIRELY a romance. It’s actually more in the high fantasy vein. BUT! A) It’s AWESOME, and B) there IS romance. If you were a fan of Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy, make sure to add this one to the top of your list ASAP. Because it’s FANTASTIC.
Any others I should be aware of?
If she isn't writing Bookshelves of Doom or running the show at her local library, Leila Roy might be making stuff for her Etsy shop while rewatching Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, Black Books or Twin Peaks. Well, that or she’s hanging out on Twitter. Or both.